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Kate Winslet bans kids from social media to ‘protect their self-esteem’

Joe Williams November 2, 2015

The actress says parents risk losing control of their children to online influences.

Kate Winslet has revealed that she has banned all forms of social media from her house.

The actress took aim at online services such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – accusing them of destroying young people’s self-esteem.

“It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them,” she told Culture Magazine.

“And what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.”

The Titanic actress also expressed her distaste for modern technology – explaining that she leaves her phone downstairs before bed as she knows how addictive they can be.

Winslet recently hit headlines during negotiations with beauty brand L’Oreal.

The Hollywood star has had it written into her contract with the cosmetics giant that her Lancôme ads must be free of any editing of her appearance.

The star appears in ads for the brand – but has rejected photoshopping of her wrinkles, blemishes, or other perceived ‘flaws’.

“I can only ever speak for myself and I can only ever do things that are important to me and it’s a hope that other people might follow suit,” she said at the time.

“But it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women.”

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2009, she said she had asked photos to be reverted to un-retouched versions for film posters.

“I have wrinkles here, which are very evident,” she said.

A staunch LGBT rights supporter, back in 2011 the actress shared an amazing exchange with her son – when he asked what would happen if he were gay, aged just seven.

The Academy Award winner recently continued her busy run of film releases by starring in revenge comedy ‘The Dressmaker’ and much-hyped biopic Steve Jobs.

Watch a trailer for ‘The Dressmaker’ below.

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